Duncan out vs. Mavericks while Ginobili able to play
Duncan's absence was expected because of the injury he sustained Sunday, while Manu Ginobili started for the first time this season after being a game-time decision.
"He wants to play, he's very adamant, when a player is that adamant, he's probably ready to go," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before the game.
Ginobili went on to score a season-high 37 points, including 16 in the third quarter, in the Spurs' 97-95 win over the Mavericks.
Popovich said Duncan would be 50-50 for Friday's game against the Utah Jazz and will probably be able to play after that.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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